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Marczyk Foundation to honor longtime leader Jim Mogan

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newMogan Jim Mogan Wherever and whenever the roads have taken him over the years as a teacher, coach, athletic director and community recreation director, Jim Mogan always comes home to Holy Spirit High School in Absecon.

“I bleed blue and gold,” said Mogan. “It’s a special place, and it always will be.”

Mogan, a former Holy Spirit student-athlete, teacher and coach, is the recipient of the Stanley W. Marczyk Foundation Distinguished Recognition Award. He will be honored at an awards dinner on Thursday, March 27, from 6-10 p.m. at the Carriage House in Galloway Township.

The award recognizes the selfless contributions of Mogan and honors the legacy of Marczyk, a 40-year Holy Spirit teacher, coach and athletic director. The Marczyk Foundation has awarded nearly $120,000 to deserving students entering Holy Spirit High School.

“We’re very proud of the Foundation,” said Mogan, who recently retired as President and longtime Executive Board Member of the Marczyk scholarship program. “We started out small, but we recognized the need to keep in step with the cost of a Catholic education.”

Mogan said the $12,000 scholarship is given out every June to a graduating eighth-grade student that is already enrolled to attend Holy Spirit. It is based on activities both in school and the parish, as well as financial need. Mogan said the one question always asked on the scholarship application is: "What are you going to do for Holy Spirit over the next four years?"

Mogan has certainly done a lot for Holy Spirit in the 53 years since his graduation. He earned a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at St. Francis College, then returned to Spirit to teach and coach basketball before being selected as teacher, head basketball coach and athletic director at Sacred Hear High School in Vineland.

During his 27 years at Sacred Heart, Mogan’s teams won 356 games and a number of Cape-Atlantic, South Jersey and state championships. He made such an impact at Sacred Heart that they named the gymnasium after him. Unfortunately, the school was shuttered last year because of declining enrollment.

“I guess that was one of the conditions of my retirement, that they would name the gym after me and then close the school down,” Mogan joked. “We were always underdogs, but the kids listened and tried to play the right way. It was very sad to see it go, but all good things come to an end.”

Mogan is a member of the South Jersey Athletics Director Hall of Fame, the South Jersey Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and both the Holy Spirit and Sacred Heart Halls of Fame.

Mogan, a longtime Brigantine resident, is now the Director of Community Education and Recreation for the City of Brigantine, and Executive Board Member for the Brian Woods Scholarship Committee.

Jim Mogan will be honored at the Marczyk Foundation awards dinner on Thursday, March 27, from 6-10 p.m. at the Carriage House in Galloway Township. The cost of the dinner is $60, and tickets can be purchased at the door. For additional information, call Pete Elco at 609-412-8083.

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